Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Area Rugs: Commitment phobic? Where do you even begin?

Pattern? Color? Yikes! I have to spend what??...and even worse...I have to live with it for a really long time! If you feel this way as you are trying to decide on area rugs for your home, we will help you get over your fear of commitment!

With the help of my favorite area rug distributor, Tufenkians, of Portland, Oregon, I recently filmed a segment for BETTER, with Brooke Carlson, in the home of News Anchor Natalie Marmion. We discussed the do's and don'ts and where to begin when trying to find the best area rug.

I often get asked the question...which comes first the area rug or the rest of the room? My answer is either way works. However, whichever one ends up coming first will determine the direction for the other.

Anytime you have color in a room, you have to distribute it at ground level, then mid level and then up to eye level. If you start with the area rug, simply move the same color tones up into the other areas of the room.

If you have the other areas in the room set and the room doesn't feel quite right it probably means you need to bring balance and often times that can mean through the grounding of an area rug. Pull your color palette from the art, draperies and pillows. This will give you direction when selecting the right color for your rug.

Here are a few other often overlooked tips for selecting area rugs:

- Rugs change color based on which direction you lay them. If it looks too light, try turning it the other direction and watch how the colors in the rug completely change!

- When selecting size for the living room, a good rule of thumb is to have all of the furniture on the rug or off the rug. Obviously the coffee table can stay on the rug, but it's best not to have any of your chairs or sofas halfway on and halfway off the rug.

- When selecting size for the dining room make sure you have a minimum of 2' behind each dining chair on all sides. No teetering chairs at the dinner table allowed!

- Always try out the rug in your home prior to committing to the piece. Tufenkians will deliver your rugs, help you place them and then bring back the pieces you dont want.

A good Area Rug Showroom will have the rugs dislpayed so that you can see everything very easily. This comes down to proper racking systems and lighting. Again, Tufenkian's of Portland, OR, does a tremendous job of displaying their products. Check out their team and new location in the Pearl District.

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posted by Jennifer Adams Design Group Blog @ 6:00 AM 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jennifer, thank you for all your wonderful advice on area rugs. I am currently shopping for an area rug and am uncertain as to the size and color. My living room is appoximately 19 x 13 and I have a large sectional that is about 10 x 9 without the corner piece, which we recently removed and put in our spare bedroom. My living room can be viewed with current area rug at the following address: http://ratemyspace.hgtv.com/snc/ViewItem.aspx?pguid=6db6be3f-1720-4ba3-a081-999042c09b6b&itemguid=e91fc9f7-4661-499c-97f6-eb9da49e4122
I know the current area rug is too small 5x8 but i have just recently removed the wedge which helps bring the loveseat back about a foot. None of my furniture is on the rug but how large should an area rug actually be in comparison to your furniture? I also feel that a thick shag rug in a solid chocolate color would ground the room. Another reason for this choice is that I'm thinking the mohagany table will somewhat disappear with the dark chocolate color of the area rug (it is a little large) and I didn't want a pattern because I probably would not put my coffee table directly in the center of the rug; it has to be pushed back from the sofa and loveseat to allow room for the recliners to extend. I love earth tones and the dark color would hide stains; we never eat at the dining room table. Our coffee table lifts out and up and that is where my husband and I eat. Plus, the dark chocolate would ground the room; the carpet is a light cream and so is the furniture. Am I right with this? I am having more trouble picking out a rug but I know i want a washable shag for comfort and coziness. I can't get a flokati because i have a cat that eats too much in one sitting and spits it out wherever he feels the need. Sorry for rambling. I hope you can shed some light on this. Thanks so much! - Lisa

November 18, 2008 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger Luney said...

Jennifer, thanks for posting the comment on rate my space. I'm so glad you did.
My email is luney001@hotmail.com. I can't wait to hear from you about my area rug dilemma. :) - Thanks again, Lisa

November 30, 2008 at 7:49 AM  
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